Scott A. Edmonds, OD, FAAO, focuses his blog on the role of the optometrist in health care reform – moving from primary eye care to primary health care. He is the chief medical officer of MARCH Vision Care, the co-director of the Low Vision/Contact Lens Service at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia and a member of the Primary Care Optometry News Editorial Board. 

Disclosure: Edmonds is a consultant for March Vision.

BLOG: ODs should close offices during COVID-19 pandemic

March 23, 2020

These are unprecedented times for all of us. The last pandemic was the H1H1 flu virus of 2009. Although that outbreak resulted in over 60 million cases in the U.S. and…

BLOG: New diabetes guidelines

February 21, 2020

As an optometrist interested in the evolution of my profession to include more primary health care, I have my Healio email subscriptions and alerts set to receive the…

BLOG: Can your patients access their medical chart?

January 21, 2020

The hot topic of discussion in health care reform this winter revolves around patient access to their medical information. One of the founding tenets of patient-centered…

BLOG: Aligning your wellness resources for primary care

December 30, 2019

With the year winding down, many of us are reviewing the numbers for 2019, looking for Section 179 purchase items for this tax year and planning for the new year of the…

BLOG: Optometry’s role in assessing vascular risk

December 2, 2019

A new study was recently published in JAMA Neurology by Lane and colleagues in London on the relationship between vascular risk factors in adulthood and brain pathology…

BLOG: Functional medicine

November 17, 2019

Functional medicine is a philosophy or model of patient care that determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for…

BLOG: Should the optometric curriculum include public health?

October 16, 2019

The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by Dr. Stanley Goldfarb on Sept. 12, “Take two aspirin and call me by my pronouns.” In this piece, Dr…

BLOG: Where is the resistance to health care reform? – Reprise

October 16, 2019

On Feb. 5, 2016, I posted, “Where is the resistance to health care

BLOG: Applying risk management to clinical practice

August 12, 2019

Risk assessment and risk management are common tools in modern society. Although the concept can be traced back to the ancient Greeks from around 400 BC, the science of…

BLOG: Optometry and the presidential debates

July 17, 2019

Summertime is upon us once again. It seems to happen every year about this time. This year, summer vacation has a special treat above the warm days and fun in the sun…